I basically can't stand any of the Sonic games because they are made for the ADHD crown in my estimation. Being a thinker, I loved the NES platformers where you had to put some thought into which power ups to get, how to use those to your best advantage, whether or not to take advantage of warps, etc. All I ever saw in Sonic and the sequels was senseless running through worlds, who cares how many gold rings you pick up. Strategy? What strategy? Sonic was made for 5 year olds who basically like to do everything fast.
Just my 2 cents.